While Mr. Trump’s best idea for helping people to address the financial and medical threats of COVID-19 is to suggest that people ingest bleach (Don’t listen to him. Listening to him will kill you.), governors are leading with much needed policies and new laws to protect tenants as they “Stay Safe at Home.” On March 16, 2020, California Governor, Gavin Newsom, issued an executive order authorizing local governments to exercise their police powers to enact COVID-19 eviction protections for tenants, and he instructed housing authorities to grant extended time for compliance. Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, issued executive orders on March 15 and March 23, 2020, to protect tenants in the City of Los Angeles. Los Angeles City Council followed with the adoption of an ordinance with new COVID-19 tenant protections, which was signed by the mayor on March 31, 2020. Los Angeles County has also adopted a COVID-19 tenant protections ordinance.
Those tenants who are in federal subsidized housing assistance programs also have new COVID-19 tenant protections.